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should Abortion be allowed in canada? do you believe in Abortion? do you thaink...

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superzack411 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted January 6, 2011 at 2:09 PM via web

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should Abortion be allowed in canada? do you believe in Abortion? do you thaink religion allows Abortion?

should Abortion be allowed in canada?

do you believe in Abortion?

do you thaink religion allows Abortion?

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beefheart | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted January 6, 2011 at 2:26 PM (Answer #2)

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Why should religion have any influence on this question??

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 6, 2011 at 2:45 PM (Answer #3)

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I'm conflicted on this topic because I do not know when a fetus becomes a human being.

Obviously, every embryo can become a human being.  But not everyone does.  Women suffer miscarriages early in pregnancy and are not affected (in general) the way they would be if they lost a child.  At the same time, a baby that is near to term and is then stillborn is a huge loss (my mom had one and my brother's wife lost twins like that).  So I know that somewhere in there, you start to think of the fetus as a life, but it's not (for me) from the moment of conception.

So I think that abortion is generally a bad thing.  But I am leery of banning it in all cases because I am not certain as to when that bunch of cells becomes an actual human being.

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jmj616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted January 6, 2011 at 4:50 PM (Answer #4)

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Why should religion have any influence on this question??

Perhaps you mean to ask what influence should religion have on the first question, regarding the legal status of abortion in Canada.  I am not familiar with Canadian law; if it contains a separation of church and state, as in U.S.A. law, then I would understand your contention that religion should have no bearing on the law.

Regarding the second question, however, religion certainly does have a role to play.  The second question was: Do you believe in abortion? A person's "beliefs" are an amalgam of philosophical, pragmatic, political, and--for many people--religious beliefs.

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mmea | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 6, 2011 at 5:18 PM (Answer #5)

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I'm conflicted on this topic because I do not know when a fetus becomes a human being.

Obviously, every embryo can become a human being.  But not everyone does.  Women suffer miscarriages early in pregnancy and are not affected (in general) the way they would be if they lost a child.  At the same time, a baby that is near to term and is then stillborn is a huge loss (my mom had one and my brother's wife lost twins like that).  So I know that somewhere in there, you start to think of the fetus as a life, but it's not (for me) from the moment of conception.

So I think that abortion is generally a bad thing.  But I am leery of banning it in all cases because I am not certain as to when that bunch of cells becomes an actual human being.

In my opinion once a female misses her period, and the pregnancy test comes back positive, she has no doubts about whether that bunch of cells is human. We all agree that all cells are living. I love life science because today's scientist have done an excellent job of giving a birds eye view about human reproduction.

A lot of women know once they feel the quickening movements there is no doubt it's a fetus. Some women think like this from day one. A lot of guys want to stick their heads in the sand about reproduction, because abortion are the easiest way of getting them out of an unwanted pregnancy. How would you feel if you knew your parents thought you were not human the day after they concieved?

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted January 13, 2011 at 10:37 AM (Answer #6)

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Everyone will have a different opinion regarding when exactly life begins. Many believe it begins at the moment of conception while others feel that women can abort during the third trimester. I feel that religion is a personal matter and if a persons personal religious preference states that life begins at conception then they will believe that as well.
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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 1, 2011 at 1:43 PM (Answer #7)

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The truth is that scientifically a fetus is not a person. I personally feel that abortion is a very sad thing, but I also don't think some babies should be born. The question is who has the right to terminate their existence.

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